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September 2008 Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource Highlights Normal Weight Obesity, Regular Exercise and Cholesterol
Date:9/2/2008

way. Remind yourself what a great favor you are doing for your health.

-- Go solo at first. As you become healthier and more at ease, you may feel confident enough to exercise with others.

Excuse: I'm not overweight, so I don't need to exercise.

-- Being thin doesn't necessarily mean you're fit. Although a healthy weight is important, it's also important to get regular exercise.

Excuse: I can't exercise because I have a chronic health condition.

-- This is valid only if your doctor has told you not to exercise. Physical exercise can help manage symptoms of many chronic conditions.

Cholesterol in the News: Answers and More Questions

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Understanding cholesterol is more than figuring out what's good and bad.

Although much is known about this waxy substance that's in all body cells and its relationship with heart disease, much is still uncertain. Doctors suspect that the relationship may be more complicated than previously believed.

The September issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource provides an overview of cholesterol and recent news about cholesterol medications.

The general consensus has been that lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or "bad" cholesterol helps reduce the risk of plaque accumulation on blood vessel walls. This accumulation, called atherosclerosis, can lead to heart attack or stroke.

Regular exercise and a healthy diet are known to reduce LDL levels and increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the "good" cholesterol that removes excess cholesterol from the body. When diet and exercise aren't enough to control cholesterol levels, medications can help lower LDL levels. Statins are some of the most popular and effective drugs for this task. They prevent the formation of cholesterol in the liver and reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

Earlier this year, statins were involved in a study called ENHANCE. Researchers compared the drug e
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